The Foggy Bottom West End Village has hired Deborah Zuckerman as a Senior Program Specialist to implement and oversee a grant-funded program to study social isolation and its health effects on Villagers.
The Village was awarded the grant from the Cloudbreak Foundation, a private foundation that offers support to organizations that provide immediate services to individuals in need.
Deborah Zuckerman is an attorney whose entire career has focused on seniors, persons with disabilities, and other vulnerable groups. She spent almost 16 years working on consumer cases, first as a staff attorney in the Consumer Affairs Division of AARP, and then as senior attorney in the Litigation Unit of the AARP Foundation. Her primary issue areas included telemarketing and sweepstakes fraud, investment fraud, abuses in payday lending and other high-cost credit products, abusive debt collection practices, funeral and cemetery practices, and restrictions on access to justice.
Her most recent position was Adult Guardianship Liaison with the Circuit Court of Montgomery County, Maryland, coordinating a grant-funded project designed to ensure that older people and those with developmental disabilities under guardianship received proper care and services. Prior to that, she worked in the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office investigating cases involving alleged financial exploitation of seniors and vulnerable adults.
Deborah volunteers with the Village of Takoma Park, and serves on its Advisory Board and Service Delivery Committee. She also volunteers with Food and Friends and Shepherd's Table.